The Delta State Police Command on Tuesday paraded 67 gay suspects arrested over alleged homosexuality during an all-night wedding reception held at a popular hotel, off Refinery Road in Effurun, the Uvwie Local Government Area of the state.
The state Commissioner of Police, Wale Abass, represented by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, while parading the suspects warned parents to monitor their children closely.
Edafe said the suspects were arrested inside a hotel where a same-sex wedding between 22-year-old Daniel Pius (the groom) and 20-year-old Maxwel Ohwonohwo (bride) was held.
He said, “On August 27, 2023, around 9pm, operatives of the divisional patrol team attached to Ekpan Division intercepted a male cross-dresser who claimed to be an actor; upon interrogation, he confessed that he is a member of a certain gay club and that he was on his way to join his fellow members for a gay marriage ceremony.
“Acting on intelligence gathered, the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Aliyu Shaba, raided Teebolus Hotel off Refinery Road Ekpan Warri where some suspected gay members were reportedly holding a gay marriage.
“As the operatives arrived at the said hotel, the gay members immediately took to flight, scampering in different directions. The policemen chased and arrested 67 suspects both male and female for allegedly conducting and attending a same-sex wedding.”
According to the police, when the venue of the event was searched, items recovered included one codeine bottle, three cups of refined Canadian loud, five sachets of SK, one sachet of tramadol, four tablets of molly drug, one crusher as well as gay marriage ceremonial dresses.
One of the paraded suspects who identified himself as Emmanuel Alex, told journalists that he was invited to an award event and he was surprised that after the segment was over around midnight, he saw some of the men changing to ladies’ wear.